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This was admitted today by
fVice President Franklin, under
asath, before the senate investiga
Franklin said the news was not
given out "because it was not au
thentic." r He fajled to say why the reas
suring message given out by the
tqmpany were not immediately
branded by tfye company as equal
ly "not authentic." ,
At nooh, Monday, Franklin
admitted the White Star received
a relayed wireless message from
Cape Race saying the Titanic's
boats had been picked up.
That afternoon the following
telegram was received by Rep.
Hughes, of West Virginia :
"Titanicproceedirig to Halifax.
Passengers probably land Wed
nesday. All safe. White Star."
Senator Smith, chairman of the
committee", asked Franklin point
blank if heor .any other official
of the company had authorized
the sending of this telegram, at a
time they were in receipt of in
formation which, even although
"not authentic," announced the
picking upof the Titanic's boats
Franklin said the telegram had
not been authorized by any officer
of the company, but admitted
that it "might have been sent by
some junior clerk in our em
ploy." The frantic anxiety of J. Bruce
Ismay to get himself and the'offi
cers and crew of the Titanic
transferred from the Carpathia to
the Cedric ajid thus avoid landing
in the United States tJ also, jwas
definitely established by Frank
lin. Here is Franklin's testimony
in this regard :
"I received the following mes
sage from Mr. Ismay Thursday
" 'Most desirable Titanic crew
aboard Carpathia be returned
home early possible. Propose
hold Cedric they can board. Pro
pose return with them. Please
send clothes including shoes.
"Yamsi is Ismay, isn't it?"
asked Smith. '
"Yes sir," said Franklin.
"I sent the following reply:
MHave arranged X.6, forward
crew on Lapland which sails Sat
urday. W eall consider hvmo3t
unwise to delay Cedric consider
"Ismay replied as follows:
" 'Unless impossible, arrange
for crew to sail on Cedric. Most-'
undesirable to keep crew New
York so long.
. "I again sent a massage saying
it was inadvisable to hold the
Cedric. A few1 hours later, I re
ceived another wireless' from Mr.
Ismay urging me to hold the
Cedric at any cost.
"I would not do so. Mr. Ismay
then wirelessed me to meet him
at Quarantine, and also the fol
lowing message :
"'Send responsible ship's of
ficers and 14 White Star sailors
and two boats to take charge of
13 Titanic's lifeboats at Quaran
tine. -, (Signed) "YamsL"